The Fair Labor Standards Act commonly referred to as the FLSA is the Federal law that governs the payment of wages to employees. The FLSA establishes employee rights to a current minimum wage for each hour worked in a workweek. Additionally the FLSA states that most employees are required to be paid time and a half their regular hourly rate for any hours worked over forty in a workweek. This is commonly referred to as overtime.
Many state laws also provide for the payment of additional overtime work as well, and these laws work in conjunction or together with the Fair Labor Standards Act or the FLSA.